LITTLE ROCK, AR - Three deaths in all-terrain vehicle accidents over the weekend in Arkansas are a reminder that ATV accidents are on the rise in the Natural State. Doctors at Arkansas Children's Hospital say they want to see the trend reversed.
A toddler in Paragould died Friday when an ATV on which she was a passenger collided with an SUV. Meanwhile, Marcus T. Angel of Jonesboro died after the 4-wheeler he was riding went into a ditch and collided with a fence post. And in Cave City on Sunday, 13-year-old Elizabeth Simpson died after apparently flipping her 4-wheeler as she checked on a calf on her family's farm.
Dr. Mary Aitken, a pediatrician with the hospital's Injury-Free Coalition for Kids, had some suggestions for reducing injuries in ATV accidents. She said youngsters should get proper training, use an age-appopriate vehicle, stay off streets and highways and wear a helmet.